Should I upgrade to SSD in Late 2008 MBP?

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  1. tirexstorm macrumors regular

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    I have a spare 15" Macbook Pro that I keep in my office, to do personal "work" while at my job. I maxed out the RAM (4GB) but I still get the spinning beach ball at times when I am using a lot of apps. I usually have firefox, chrome, mail, calendar, twitter app, messages, and sometimes spotify open. I am often streaming video (MLB, netflix, youtube) and often use an external monitor. Will an SSD do anything to help prevent the slowdowns, or do I just need to upgrade to newer computer?
     
  2. gochi macrumors 6502

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    yes but you are limited to SATA II Write speeds


    so buying a sata III wont really help

    but you will definetley notice a speed difference
     
  3. alphaod macrumors Core

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    You'll definitely notice a speed improvement.

    You can also increase your RAM to 6GB if you can still find the 4GB sticks.
     
  4. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    Absolutely. I put an SSD into my late-2006 MBP, and that gave it several years more.
     
  5. Nabooly macrumors 6502a

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    Do SSDs come in SATAII? I've only come across III.

    I am thinking about doing this as well, same MBP. I've got the RAM at 8GB and just bought a new battery. The hard drive however is on it's last legs.
     
  6. tirexstorm thread starter macrumors regular

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    Can you get 8gb into the late 2008 MBP? I read 4gb was the max. Would love to go to 8 if possible.
     
  7. Nabooly macrumors 6502a

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    I believe the maximum was 8gb? Not sure but my mac recognizes it and appears to use it in activity monitor.
     

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  8. gochi macrumors 6502

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    Yes they do, they are cheaper


    For a 256gb sata ii i would pay no more than say $85

    For a 128gb no more than $60

    just because SATA III for say 256gb is about $120 if you were to go for one of the lesser name brand ssds
     
  9. StockDC2 macrumors regular

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    Yes you can. 8GB is the max.
     

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